Salarias nigrocinctus Bath, 1996
Blackstreaked blenny
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Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Salariinae
Max. size:  5.3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic
Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: known only from Tonga.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-17; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 19-19. Lip margins smooth; body depth at anal-fin origin 5.3-5.7 SL; supraorbital tentacle if present, small and slender, with or without a bifid tip; small and unbranched nuchal cirrus; dorsal fin notch about half height of first soft ray; body coloration whitish with 2 longitudinal rows of thin paired dark bars along sides of body anteriorly bearing small white spots; body dorsally bearing small black and whitish spots and a series of 8 pronounced pink spots extending into dorsal fin; greenish gray head with many small whitish spots; unique to males is a large dark spot on each side of throat; iris greenish with spoke-like orange lines and narrow yellow inner rim. Middle 8 of 13 segmented caudal rays branched (Ref. 54980).
Biology:  Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205), and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal (Ref. 94114). Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters (Ref. 94114).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 27 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 01.10.03
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.02.14

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